INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – An Indiana Senate committee has approved a bill to extend civil rights protections to gay, lesbian and bisexual people while leaving transgender rights unaddressed.
The Senate Rules and Legislative Procedures committee passed the bill by Sen. Travis Holdman, a Markle Republican, on a 7-5 vote Wednesday.
The measure was proposed in the wake of a religious objections law passed last year that critics said would allow discrimination against gay people.
Republicans say it’s a sign of progress. But Democrats criticized the measure for not addressing transgender people. They also objected to broad religious exemptions it contains that they say would still allow discrimination.
The bill was panned by the business community for not going far enough. Evangelicals also oppose it. They say it will diminish religious freedoms.